baby changing table to shelf 81

My latest curbside find was an old cracked and falling apart changing table.   It looked like it was probably pretty inexpensive.   After driving past it several times in my neighborhood I decided to pick it up and see what I could transform it into.   After much thought it became a hanging shelf for all of my heat transfer material and vinyl for my Silhouette machine.

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If you missed my thought process on this piece you can check out my video about it here.

changing table in the trash


2 can of Rustoluem Apple Green spray paint


12 feet of 4” primed MDF

nail gun and air compressor

hanging wire and 2 screws

hack saw

miter box

wood filler

medium sand paper

1.   Using a hack saw I chopped the top of the changing table off from its base.

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2.   I cut down my 4” wide MDF to fit in between the side spindles which happened to be 36”.   I cut 4 lengths of board at 36”.   Then I formed them in an L and nailed them together with my air nail gun.   These became the shelves.   Then I filled the nail holes with wood filler so it would look nice.

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3.   I primed the shelves and then I sprayed everything with Apple Green spray paint.   When everything was dry I attached wire and screws on the back so I would have something to hang it from.   Then I just slid the wood L shelves in between the spindles.   That way if I ever choose to use the shelf for something else I can change the height of the shelves.

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4.   Then I attached it to the walls with some heavy duty screws and added all my heat transfer material and vinyl.

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Cost: $11 ($5 for MDF and $6 for spray paint)

My plan is to purchase buckets or something to hang from the bottom spindles.

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Here is the transformation…

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  1. this is awesome!!! please post when you hang the buckets, or better yet just save some tin cans from food or whatever and reuse!! i cant wait to see it!!!

  2. wow this is really cool, such a great idea, I’m sharing this on my FB page

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    awesome job!

  3. That was such a great transformation! I love the color you used, that really took some creative processing to come up with that!

  4. Unbelievable. I’d have to stand on my head and turn sideways to think up this one. Yes, little buckets would look so cute hanging from the rails. Great job.

  5. Nice work! We have the same changing table in cherry, and this is good inspiration for a way to repurpose it when we’re done changing diapers! 🙂

  6. Wow beckie…I am in awe. I love this and would never think to transform this changing table into a storage rack. Cant wait to see it with the buckets too! GENIUS!! I love Roadkill Rescue too!

  7. Woohoo!! It looks fantastic! So funny, b/c just before I read what you wrote, I was thinking “she should hang some buckets by those bottom spindles.” Great minds think alike!! 😉

  8. Thanks Lauren. I have to find just the right buckets. They have to be able to unhook. If you have any ideas send em my way.

  9. Amazing, no one would EVER guess that you pulled that off the side of the road and transformed it from cheap changing table to chic craft storage!

  10. I absolutely love your blog and I was inspired by the interchangeable ribbon necklace you made back in August 2010 and I finally made it and posted about it on my blog. I linked back to you and credited you with the inspiration and tutorial, but just wanted to say thanks and let you know where it is if you wanted to see it: Check it out if you want and thanks again! : )

  11. I love the color! That would be great for holding all of my spray paint / acrylic paint! Loved your video by the way. If I were your neighbor I think I’d put stuff outside just to see what you would do with it! 🙂


  12. Love this! I turned my son’s changing table into a shelf by turning it upside down, and removing a couple of pieces, but it took real vision to chop off the top and turn it on it’s side. Love what you came up with and the thought process behind it! And the color is so fun and energetic – perfect for a craft room. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love your idea! Even more than that I love that you spared the thing from the indignity of the landfill. I love the reuse, and that you now have something that probably doesn’t exist to buy anywhere. Necessity, the mom of invention. You are inventive!!!!!!!!!!!! What are you going to do with the rest of the changing table?

  14. Yah I am not sure what I am going to use. I need the handle to unattach so I can attach it to the spindle without taking the thing apart. Hmmmm….

  15. looks fabulous! I saw an old changing table at goodwill once but I didn’t know what I would do with it. I wish I picked it up now! I am a new follower and I am really enjoying snooping around your archives! Found this post on somewhat simple link party!


  16. I am amazed you came up with this incredible idea for a roadside changing table! Love that apple green and now I’m dying to paint something that color! Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is amazing! I have that same changing table but once my little one is potty trained, I’ve got big plans for it lol. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea!!

  18. You know, if you didn’t put the ‘top’ mdf shelf on you could use that to store wrapping paper too! (I don’t have rolls of vinyl lying about.)

  19. very good idea, I was just looking at the 2 changing tables we have in the house, they are exactly like this one you used, and I wondered what to do with them after kiddo is finally potty trained, now I know just what to do with them! and I love the color you used, thanks for sharing

  20. VERY cool, maybe I don’t need to garage sale mine now….thanks! Found you on Today’s Creative, stop by when you get a chance!

  21. Was that my changing table!!!
    I just got rid of one EXACTLY like that, white and all . . . .me and 2/3 of the other mothers who own changing tables!!!

  22. This is the greatest idea…..I’ve been wondering how and what to do with my vinyl. Looks like this is my next mission to find something like this to transform. Well done!!!

  23. I am fairly certain this is the exact changing table we have- Only ours is still lovely, 80s brown. 🙂 I will think twice before throwing it out though so I can make a great shelf like this!!

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